LibriVox recording of The Gentle Grafter, by O. Henry. Read by Leslie Walden.
If Jefferson "Parleyvoo" Pickens had appeared in print just a few years later, he might have been the "Gentle Grifter" instead of the "Gentle Grafter", the name O. Henry picked for him. His situation as an ethical graft artist gives Jeff an extra impediment in pursuing his craft, but he never wanted it to be too easy. The result is fourteen delightful tales for us and a number of new partners for him. With those partners (he always has at least one) he works his way through a number of confidence games. Some they win, some they lose, some go into extra innings. They seem never to end just the way you figure they will. In the end he conquers almost all, except for the English language, which often seems to defeat him. (Intro by Leslie Walden)
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July 1, 2016 Subject:
Very humorous and a great reader
I've gotten a lot of chuckles out of the GG stories but I think it's partly due to Leslie Walden's voice and the way he reads; it just makes them funnier. More Leslie Walden, please!
May 29, 2013 Subject:
Well Read, Fun Stories
Sometimes the swindler gets swindled, which adds to the charm of these stories. Very well read and good quality recordings.
Warning: Story 12 or 13 (I cannot remember which) has some racial attitudes and terminology that is not acceptable today. It is towards the beginning of the story, describing how Jeff hooked up with his partner for their latest adventure.